Liberty Global


Lionsgate buys stake in Wicked Tuna indie

Lionsgate Entertainment is buying into Wicked Tuna producer Pilgrim Studios. The “strategic investment” means Pilgrim now has financial backing from the Hunger Games and Mad Men studio, which this week welcomed Liberty Global and Discovery Communications as shareholders. The deal is thought to be worth US$200 million and believed to hand Lionsgate more than 50% […]

Discovery, Liberty to take Lionsgate stakes

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global will both take shareholdings in Lionsgate Entertainment. This comes after John Malone, who has dominant stakes in both Discovery and Liberty, joined Lionsgate’s board earlier this year. Both firms will take 3.4% stakes – each equating to five million shares – in the Mad Men firm, from affiliates of MHR […]

Telstra ‘weighing Foxtel stake sale’

Australian telco Telstra is reportedly considering selling its 50% stake in local pay TV market leader Foxtel. The Australian Financial Review reports Telstra would be willing to shed its stake at the right price, concerned by new competitors such as Netflix offering content at lower rates. Its joint venture partner, News Corp, is believed to […]

UK and Germany drive Liberty Global results

Strong European subscriber growth helped boost Liberty Global’s third quarter results, with the UK and Germany leading the way. The pan-regional cable and pay TV operator also saw its advanced TV customer base – comprising Virgin Media TiVo subscribers and households with the Horizon service across Europe – pass the four million milestone during the […]

A+E expands Liberty Euro deal

A+E Networks has secured an extended distribution deal with Liberty Global that will seen the launch of two new HD simulcast channels in the UK. The long-term pan-European carriage deal covers A+E Networks’ UK channels on Liberty Global platforms in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Under […]

Kaplan’s international vision: creator-led content

Days into her new job as Discovery’s international content supremo, Marjorie Kaplan tells Stewart Clarke about the challenge ahead and her vision for creator-led content. Marjorie Kaplan was announced as Discovery Networks International’s president of content last month. Her entry comes as Phil Craig exits. Craig, Discovery Networks International’s chief content officer, decided to leave […]

Liberty Global invests in Bigballs

Liberty Global has invested £7 million in Bigballs Media, a digital production company and owner of football-themed YouTube channel Copa90. The deal gives Liberty a 14% stake in the business and values Bigballs at £50 million. It also grants Liberty the option to up its investment in the firm in six months’ time. London-based Bigballs […]

Vodafone-Liberty Global talks terminated

Vodafone has said that talks with Liberty Global about a possible asset swap have been terminated. In a statement issued today, Vodafone confirmed that the early-stage discussions – regarding a possible exchange of “selected assets” – will not go any further. The news comes after Liberty Global chairman, John Malone (pictured), signalled earlier this month […]

Sky tipped to overtake Liberty Global in Europe

Sky’s subscriber base is expected to overtake Liberty Global’s in western Europe in 2017, according to new research by Digital TV Research. The Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count will fall in the coming years as it tries to convert its remaining analogue cable subscribers by 2020, with […]

ITV in talks to buy UTV

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire UTV, the Northern Ireland broadcaster that owns the Channel 3-ITV franchise in the territory. UTV Media, the parent of UTV, confirmed reports over the weekend that suggested a deal to sell its television assets would be announced on the London Stock Market within days. “The board of UTV […]

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